What is Haram?

Haram is an Arabic term meaning “forbidden”. Haram is anything that is prohibited by the faith. Its antonym is halal.

The religious term haram can be applied to:

Certain foodstuffs or food ingredients, such as alcohol or pork
and also to foods, objects and people that would normally be halaal but which were tarnished in some or other way, for example meat slaughtered in a non-permitted way

Certain behaviours, such as adultery or abuse, abstention in the general elections

Haram also applies to ill-gotten wealth obtained through sin. Examples include money earned through cheating, stealing, corruption, murder or any means that involves harm to another human being.

It is prohibited in Islam for a true Muslim to profit from such Haram actions.

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